It’s important to familiarize yourself with the normalcy of how your breasts look. Breast cancer affects many women and catching it in its early stages grants for a more successful procedure. One of the most common signs of breast cancer is a lump or mass, which can be painless or painful, hard or tender to the touch, or rounded in shape. If are experiencing an abnormalcy with your breasts in this regard, breast cancer surgery may be necessary.
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Why is breast cancer surgery performed?
- To remove as much of the cancer as possible
- To find out whether the cancer has spread to other parts of the body; such as the lymph nodes beneath the arm
- To reshape the breast once the cancer has been removed
- To relieve other symptoms from more advanced stages of cancer
What types of breast cancer surgery are there?
- Breast-conservation surgery consists of only removing the part of the breast where the tumor is located. The purpose of breast-conservation surgery is to remove the cancer as well as the surrounding tissue. The exact amount of how much of the breast will be removed will depend upon the size of the cancer as well as several other factors.
- A mastectomy is when the breast in its entirety is removed. This can include some of the surrounding tissue, as well. If the cancer is present in both breasts, a double mastectomy may be performed to completely remove both breasts.
Which of these types of breast cancer surgery may be right for me?
For those who have caught cancer in its early stages, patients may be able to choose between receiving a breast-conservation surgery or a mastectomy. One of the advantages of breast-conservation surgery is that the patient will be able to keep most of their breast. In order to best determine whether breast-conservation surgery or a mastectomy may be right for you, contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment and meet with Dr. Steljes.
If you notice an irregularity in your breasts, it is best to receive an examination from a medical professional right away. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment to meet with Dr. Steljes and find out if breast cancer surgery may be the right treatment for you.